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Employment Opportunity: Library/Cultural Center Director, Bloomfield Public Library

The Bloomfield Public Library is hiring a full-time Library/Cultural Center Director.

This is an exempt, salaried position. Salary $41, 579.20 – $68-203.20 DOE/Q



Works under the general supervision from the City Manager performing a variety of executive and administrative duties in planning, organizing, controlling, and directing city-wide public library services, including all aspects of public, technical, and support service operations. Works in conjunction with the Bloomfield Public Library Advisory Board to further the goals and objectives of the Bloomfield Public Library and obtains recommendations from the Bloomfield Public Library Advisory Board regarding the rules and regulations pertaining to the operation of the Bloomfield Public Library. Manages the Cultural Center in which the library is housed, its rentals, and its fitness center.


Provides general guidance and direction to Library Assistant, Library Clerk, Custodian and other support staff, part‑time, or volunteer personnel.



Obtains recommendations from the Bloomfield Public Library Advisory Board as needed to communicate the direction of library services and promote changes necessary to meet the demands and interests of a growing patronage; implements action plans to carry out designed strategies; establishes policies and procedures as needed; provides professional advice on library issues to supervisors; makes presentations to supervisors; provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments, agencies, and regional cooperative as needed.

Manages and supervises library operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed; issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.

Prepares and administers budget for all areas under library department; orders all new and replacement equipment; assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Prepares grant applications; prepares a variety of reports and maintains necessary operating records; directs fund-raising and development activities related to grants, donations, etc.; assures the financial stability of the library.

Develops and maintains effective community, municipal, and media relations; establishes and maintains relationships and alliances as needed to promote and accomplish organizational mission and objectives, i.e. Friends of the Library; communicates official plans, policies and procedures to management, staff, and the general public.

Oversees the creation of capital improvement plans; assures the timely construction or expansion of facilities as needed to meet community interest for access and services; supervises the control of, and is responsible for, all materials and supplies used in the maintenance, construction and repair of the library facilities.

Participates in the development and promotion of library science and services through membership in state, regional and national organizations; influences the direction of the library sciences by lending expertise to large scale projects and efforts.

Performs the selection and general collection of books and other items contained in the library; reviews major selection tools; approves library purchase orders; reviews books, periodicals, and are outdated or not used, and coordinates removal and disposition; organizes and schedules book sales to cycle and replenish library collections.

Conducts personal research to keep abreast of ever-changing direction of library services and methods; promotes the implementation and development of technology and media options to enhance the quality of services and access to growing information centers.

Provides general patron assistance; instructs patrons in library services, use of computer equipment, etc.; issues library cards; processes materials, in and out; negotiates issues related to fines and fees; assists in researching reference issues and locating materials; performs or delegates various technical services including acquisitions, processing, and cataloging for all library materials; assures the efficient and effective ordering, distribution and classification of all materials. Performs other related duties as required.


Manages the fitness center to ensure it is clean and the equipment is maintained; manage cultural center rentals and events, including ordering supplies, making event calendars, preparing budgets, overseeing cultural center projects and building maintenance. Performs other related duties as required.


1. Education and Experience: Graduation from college with bachelor’s degree in literature, library science, liberal arts, humanities or a closely related field; and Five (5) years of library experience, two (2) years of which must have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity; or An equivalent combination of education and experience.

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of theories, principles and objectives of library service; management concepts and methods related to team building, empowerment and participative leadership; library collection classification and selection techniques; information services and collection development; current trends and developments in library services; equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive library system; human resource management and principles of supervision; training and staff utilization principles; legal and political issues affecting library operations and management; budget development and fiscal responsibility requirements; resource development related to grants, donations, trusts, etc.; principles of negotiation and problem solving. Considerable knowledge of computer technologies affecting the future of library operations and services.

Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management.

Ability to direct the work of others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; implement cooperative problem-solving processes; anticipate changing needs for services and facilities; operate personal computer and various software applications for word processing and spread sheet information; access e-mail and effectively function in a computerized communications environment.

3. Special Qualifications: Must possess a state of New Mexico Librarian certification I, II, or permanent certification.

4. Work environment: Person in this position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls. Tasks require a variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching. Talking, hearing, and seeing are essential to the performance of the essential job functions. Common eye, hand, finger, leg, and foot dexterity are also utilized in the performance of daily tasks. Occasional exposure to changing environmental conditions due to local automobile travel. Mental application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, and creative problem solving.

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